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Miami could very well compete for one of the two Wild Card berths, but the Marlins' better bet seems to be 2016, when Fernandez will seemingly be ready from Opening Day and Alvarez and Cosart each have another year of experience under their belt.
Physically and mentally, Giancarlo Stanton is ready to start Spring Training later this month with no restrictions. But to make sure there is no hesitation, Miami's two-time All-Star right fielder will wear a protective guard on his helmet. In his offseason workouts, Stanton tested his new gear, and he is expected to be ready to go when Marlins position players begin workouts on Feb. 24 at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla.
Then, in 2014, Hechavarria improved steadily in virtually every aspect, but still not enough to become the impact player the Marlins thought they received from the Blue Jays in 2012. Over 574 PA, Hech slashed .276/.308/.356 with a 82 wRC+ and .290 wOBA. Strangely, he actually walked less (4.5%) than in 2013, but also struck out less (15.0%) but still showed absolutely no power once again (.080 ISO).
Without a doubt I think it's going to be Washington and the Marlins.
4). Black Alternate Jerseys Labeled an "alternate" by the team, this uniform have been worn entirely too often over the past couple of years.
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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, a two-time NFL Pro Bowler who has led his team to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances, will reportedly again spend time with the Rangers at Spring Training this year.
The Indians have made it known to veteran Jason Giambi that the club is willing to offer him a role within the organization, but the conversation between the two sides has not progressed beyond that point. Since late October, Cleveland has maintained that it has interest in keeping the 43-year-old Giambi in the fold in a non-playing capacity. That would likely mean either serving as an advisor to the front office or working as an instructor or coach in the Minor Leagues.
Former Atlanta Braves slugger Andruw Jones is looking to return to Major League Baseball after playing two years in Japan, agent Scott Boras told ESPN.com Monday.
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If James Shields is interested in signing a short-term deal, he and the Marlins could be a perfect fit.
The Marlins had two prospects, a pitcher and a catcher, land in ESPN's Keith Law's top-100 prospect list.
After the Marlins dealt away a few top prospects over the offseason, they were slotted at number 24 in ESPN's Keith Law's ranking of MLB farm systems.